What makes injuries more likely to occur in Amazon’s automated warehouses is that the company has unrealistic expectations of the human employees working there. Where workers previously called pickers had to scan about 100 items every hour, Amazon now expects them to scan up to 400 products in the same amount of time. These employees cannot stick to the robots without getting hurt.
What else, Reveal found that Amazon was slow or uninterested in listening to federal regulators when it came to the problem. In 201
Asked about his automated warehouses, an Amazon spokesman said Reveal, “the use of robotics, automation and technology in our execution centers improves our workplace, making workplaces safer and more efficient.” We asked Amazon for more comments. We will update this article when we hear back.
The report also found that injuries were more common in the company’s warehouses during the holiday shopping season and during its Prime Day event. In everything, Reveal says that in 2019, Amazon registered 14,000 serious injuries in more than 150 enforcement centers, an increase that is growing annually.